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246                  THE TWIN BROTHERS.
had disappeared. " She must have gone away while ' slept," he said, " and is lost to me for ever."
These sad thoughts so occupied him, that he did not notice any­thing wrong about his head, but in truth the lion had placed it on in such a hurry that the face was turned the wrong way. He first noticed it when ;they brought him something to eat, and then he found that his face looked backwards. He was so astonished that he could not imagine what had happened, and asked his animals the cause. Then the lion confessed that they had all slept in consequence of being so tired, and that when they at last awoke, they found the princess gone, and himself lying dead, with his head cut off. The lion told him also that the hare had fetched the healing root, but in their haste they had placed the head on the wrong way. This mistake, they said, could be easily rectified. So they took the hunter's head off again, turned it round, placed it on properly, and the hare stuck the parts together with the won­derful root After this, the hunter went away again to travel about the world, feeling very sorrowful, and he left his animals to be taken care of by the people of the town.
It so happened that at the end of a year he came back again to the same town where he had freed the king's daughter and killed the dragon. This time, instead of black crape, the houses were hung with scarlet cloth. " What does it mean ?" he said to the landlord; " last year when I came, your houses were all hung with black crape, and now it is scarlet cloth."
" Oh," replied the landlord, " last year we were expecting out king's daughter to be given up to the dragon, but the marshal fought with him and killed him, and to-morrow his marriage with the king's daughter will take place : that is the cause of oui town being so gay and bright,—it is joy now instead of sorrow."
The next day, when the marriage was to be celebrated, the hunter said, " Landlord, do you believe that I shall eat bread from the king's table here with any one who will join me ?"
" I will lay a hundred gold pieces," replied the landlord, " that you will do nothing of the kind."
The hunter took the bet, and, taking out his purse, placed the gold pieces aside for payment if he should lose.
Then he called the hare, and said to her, "Go quickly to the castle, dear Springer, and bring me some of the bread which the king eats/